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Desrat begins his work with a description of dances that were still in vogue at the turn of the century: Boston waltz, cake walk, Berlin, pas de patineurs, and Washington-Post (a two step). A history of ancient dance follows and the discussion begins with Greek and Roman origins; this is followed by a discussion of "modern dances," which Desrat describes as pavane, gavotte, branle, and the minuet. Much of Desrat's historical text is borrowed heavily from previously published sources...
Topics: Authors: D: Desrat. Illustré de nombreuses gravures., Titles: T
This is one of several books written by Italian dancer, choreographer, and writer Blasis (1795-1878). It covers the history and theory of dance, pantomime, the composition of ballets, and contains a section devoted to social dances entitled "private dancing." Although much of the discussion on technique is identical to Blasis'S earlier treatise, Traité élémentaire théorique et pratique de l'art de la danse (1820), the manual is a comprehensive survey of ballet during the early...
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"Written in verse as a dramatic play in two parts, Thomas Wilson, dancing master to the King's Theatre, comments on the state of teaching, public balls, and the character of many dance instructors. Nearly every page contains additional remarks in the form of footnotes ranging from an abstract of the 1752 Act of Parliament on illegal dancing to a long discourse on English country dancing and quadrilles.
Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Wilson ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Edmond Bourgeois.
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As was common practice during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, much of this text was borrowed from other writers. The author begins with a general history of dance and proceeds with an explanation of terms found in dance such as les grands battements and ronds de jambes. The manual contains directions for many Renaissance and Baroque dances including La Pavane, and, although the author quotes from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesographie of 1588, the directions for performance are strictly...
Topics: Authors: E: Edmond Bourgeois., Titles: T
Designed for people, who never learned to dance either because of bashfulness or lack of time or money, this manual covers the bare necessities of dress, introductions, and general etiquette. Descriptions are also provided for quadrilles, schottisch, polka, redowa, waltz, several country dances. The manual concludes with rules for the supper room and advice to waltzers.
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Large portions of this manual on the history of dance are borrowed from other sources including Mme Élise Voiart's Essai sur la danse. The author begins with an examination of Greek and Roman dance and continues through the court dances of Louis XII and Catherine de Médicis. The discussion on French theatrical dance includes mention of two well-known ballerinas, Fanny Elssler and Fanny Cerrito. A wide range of Renaissance and Baroque dances is discussed including the gavotte, pavane,...
Topics: Authors: F: F. Fertiault ..., Titles: H
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Translated from French by Arabella E. Moore, this is an example of the growing body of historiographical texts that began to appear in the late 1890s into the turn of the twentieth century. The work borrows heavily from previously published materials for sections on primitive and ancient dances. As with other authors of this era, "modern dances" are considered to be pavane, gavot, rigodon, and minuet. In keeping with a renewed interest in the reconstruction of Renaissance and Baroque...
Topics: Authors: A: Arabella E. Moore., Titles: T
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Holt begins his discussion with a history of "chorography" and the work of famed eighteenth-century dancing masters and choreographers Guillaume-Louis Pecour, Pierre Beauchamps, and Raoul-Auger Feuillet. Several pages of dances written in the dance notation system devised by Feuillet are included. Holt's "reconstruction" of the pavan includes the appropriate music from Thoinot Arbeau's 1588 manual, Orchesographie. For decades, the inclusion of the notation and music was...
Topics: Authors: A: Ardern Holt., Titles: H
In her strong defense of dance and its application to female physical education, Mrs. Webster declares that dancing, as a exercise, "is the very best safeguard against the evils of over mental education." While she approves of calisthenics and various mechanical apparatus-including swings and pulleys and a "prone couch"-she delivers a stinging rebuke regarding the wearing of corsets.
Topics: Authors: M: Mrs. Alfred Webster ..., Titles: D
Taken from a sermon delivered 17 June 1849, Palmer's book is typical of midnineteenth-century antidance literature. He declares that the seventeen references to dance in the Bible are all performed by one sex, in open fields, and in broad daylight. This, Palmer (1818-1902) concludes, is not the case with balls, in which the sexes dance together, in closed quarters, and at night. The author declares that human nature is "fallen and depraved, and subject to the domination of wicked...
Topics: Authors: B: B. M. Palmer ..., Titles: S
This manual begins with a discussion on the importance of dance for youth and outlines the origins of dance. Although much of the historical and theoretical text is borrowed from other dance writers--notably Giovanni-Andrea Gallini and John Weaver--the manual is important for its description of the Scotch reel and accompanying ten reel steps. Some of the steps include kemshóole (forward step), minor and double kemkóssy (setting steps), lematrást (cross springs), and curatag (turning step).
Topics: Authors: F: Francis Peacock ..., Titles: S
Dance Manuals
by E. H. Kopp. Containing ... full directions for calling and dancing ...
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This manual is acknowledged to be a compilation of previously published materials and, in fact, Kopp's etiquette section can be found in many contemporary works. Callers instructions are given for quadrilles, waltz quadrilles, polka quadrilles, and contra dances. Kopp includes rules and advice for calling dances such as "Never call at the wrong place to please dancers who do not dance correctly.
Topics: Authors: E: E. H. Kopp. Containing ... full directions for calling and dancing ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by T. A. Faulkner ...
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This is the second antidance treatise published by ex-dancing master Faulkner, which he suggests was needed "because the dance craze has developed with such incredible rapidity." This book consists of large sections taken from his earlier book, From the ballroom to hell. Much of Faulkner's diatribe consists of testimonials against women, whom he feels need to be protected from dancing, "one of the most irresistible and dangerous attractions.
Topics: Authors: T: T. A. Faulkner ..., Titles: T
Originally published c. 1818, this second edition of 1822 contains an opening three-color-fold-out and nine plates. In this treatise, Wilson analyzes the figures and components of the quadrille--a figured ballroom dance for four couples facing each other, popular throughout the nineteenth century. Divided into two parts, the manual provides suggestions for music and steps, concluding with an alphabetical list of technical terms used in quadrilles. The manual was reissued in 1839.
Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Wilson ..., Titles: T
Dancing master and composer Dodworth's manual was originally published in 1885 and "new and enlarged" editions were reissued in 1888, 1900, 1902, and 1905. In this manual, Dodworth gives his perspective on fifty years of changes in social dance. The book covers the galop, racket, waltz and knickerbocker, bows, quadrilles, the minuet, Virginia reel, and two hundred fifty figures for the German (also known as the cotillon). The manual also includes an illuminating chapter directed...
Topics: Authors: A: Allen Dodworth., Titles: D
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In part one of this treatise, Bacquoy-Guédon (fl. 1780) presents, a short history of dance as well as arguments in favor of dancing. The focus of this section is devoted to performance of contredanses and minuets. Part two contains eight-bar triple-meter airs for minuets and eight-bar duple-meter airs for contredanses, all composed for a single treble instrument. Additional music is included for a variant of the contredanse called the contredanse allemande (in triple-meter); a marche, and two...
Topics: Authors: M: M. Bacquoy-Guédon ..., Titles: M
This is a translation of one of the most important sources for the study and reconstruction of eighteenth-century dance--Pierre Rameau's 1725 Le maître a danser. Translated by English dancer and writer John Essex (c. 1680-1744), part one of the text and accompanying full-page plates carefully focus on the appropriate manner of walking, feet positions, and bows, and describe a large vocabulary of steps. Part two covers use of the arms while dancing. This English translation was reissued in 1732.
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Topics: Authors: J: J. Essex ..., Titles: T
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In an attempt to inspire his readers who were located far from the United States' urban, eastern cultural centers, Powell notes that dance "has not improved, except in the larger cities." Of primary interest is the author's dance notation, a type of shorthand that he utilized to describe bows, curtsies, and quadrilles.
Topics: Authors: R: R. Powell ..., Titles: P
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This manual is designed as a self-teacher for those who cannot or, according to the author, are unwilling to attend dance classes. Additionally, Cree declares the most popular dances to be the Lame Duck Valse, valse, one step, foxtrot, and lancers. Although he includes instructions for a Three Step or Straight Jazz, and a Tango Valse, the manual does not reflect dances that were being performed during the late teens.
Topics: Authors: G: George Grossmith, illustrated with diagrams., Titles: H
A translation of Gourdoux-Daux's Principes de la Danse (Paris 1804 and 1811), this manual is important for its description of step and step sequences appropriate in the performance of the popular ballroom dance, the quadrille (called contilion by the author). The quadrille is a series of figures, organized into sets and performed by sets of four couples. The manual begins with discussions on deportment, positions, and continues with descriptions of various steps including assemblé, jeté,...
Topics: Authors: V: V. G., Titles: E
Dance Manuals
by Charles J. Coll and Gabrielle Rosiere.
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This is an expanded version of Coll's book that was originally published c. 1919. Beginning with an account of dance history ranging from the ancient Greeks to late nineteenth-century dance, Coll declares that some of "most up to the minute dances" include the Carter Waltz and the Schottisch Espagnole. The author also discusses foxtrot variations, the Virginia Reel, and provides some cotillon figures (also known as the German). The dances described by Coll were long out of fashion by...
Topics: Authors: C: Charles J. Coll and Gabrielle Rosiere., Titles: D
Dance Manuals
by G. Hepburn Wilson ...
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This short manual consists of a series of photographs and accompanying text that show the correct positions for dance, for example the placement of the lady's left hand upon the gentleman's right shoulder in waltzing. Several of the photographs also show the incorrect way of holding one's partner.
Topics: Authors: G: G. Hepburn Wilson ..., Titles: A
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In a rapidly growing consumer market for etiquette manuals during the nineteenth century, this is an example of a manual that attempts to reinforce the authority of its contents by suggesting legal foundations in its title as well as the qualifications of its author, in this case "A Gentleman." The straightforward chapters include "Good Breeding," "Dress," "Balls," and "Funerals." Reissued throughout the 1840s, much of the manual is a...
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Topics: Authors: A: a gentleman, Titles: T
Paris [1885?]-1900.
Topics: Authors: E: Eugène Giraudet ..., Titles: L
Foreshadowing the growing trend of late nineteenth-century dance manuals to reduce discussion on etiquette, Rowe's treatise contains absolutely no information on the subject but begins directly with information on the quadrille. This book advertised for 25 cents, is far less extensive than most published during the 1870s.
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Dance Manuals
by W. C. Wilkinson.
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Unlike many other nineteenth-century antidance writers who base their arguments on Scripture, Wilkinson asks that his readers formulate their opinions on reason, conscience, and common sense. In fact, Wilkinson argues that he is not an enemy of dance and declares it to be perfectly innocent. His argument is against the "modern manner of dancing" that requires expensive clothing and the "massing together of a jostling crowd of mute or merely gibbering animals." Thus, he...
Topics: Authors: W: W. C. Wilkinson., Titles: T
The three chapters that make up this manual are devoted to the merits and performance of the French quadrille, a popular ballroom dance performed by four couples who face each other in a square. In recognizing the existence of specific steps appropriate for quadrilles, Dun warns against performing steps used in English country dances or Scotch reels. The manual concludes with the figures for six quadrilles.
Topics: Authors: B: Barclay Dun ..., Titles: A
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To demonstrate the authority of this manual, the publisher claims the author to be American inventor, Elias Howe. Similar to many other dance manuals published throughout the nineteenth century, this book is a publisher's compilation of other sources. The book begins with a description of ballroom etiquette, dress, appropriate music, and rules for prompters. The manual continues of the era's most popular dances including quadrilles, waltz, polka, schottisch, gorlitza, polka mazurka, country...
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Topics: Authors: S: several eminent professors of dancing., Titles: C
New York, Derby & Jackson; Cincinnati, H. W. Derby & co., 1857.
Topics: Authors: E: Emily Thornwell ..., Titles: T
Based on an original manuscript published in 1793 and located in Chicago's Newberry Library, the editor of this modern version notes that the "spelling, capitalization, punctuation and underlining of the original have been scrupulosly followed, occasionally at the expense of clearness" (pg. ii). The manuscript contains one- or two-sentence descriptions of figures for thirty-eight country dances (dances that consisted of a series of figures and danced by a column of men facing a column...
Topics: Authors: :, Titles: A
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Dancing master Clendenen's book is meant for teachers of dance and he covers the basic building blocks of teaching beginning with the positions of the feet and body. Technical terms (with correct pronunciation), preparatory exercises, bows and curtseys are included as well as sections of attitudes and poses, correct and incorrect positions. The manual concludes with instructions on how to teach ten fancy dances that include "Highland Fling," "Sailor's Hornpipe,"...
Topics: Authors: F: F. Leslie Clendenen ..., Titles: C
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Reilley's work is a typical example of dance manuals published during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Whereas previous manuals often had many pages devoted to etiquette and deportment, Reilly devotes but two paragraphs noting that he was leaving the rest to the "good sense and nature" of his readers. The manual provides an extensive history of dance from the Greeks and Romans to the courts of Italy and France to the dances of aboriginal American Indians. Demonstrating the...
Topics: Authors: E: E. B. Reilley ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Dr. R. A. Adams.
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This antidance treatise is divided into four parts. The first part discusses the physical effects of the dance and the author concludes that habitual dancers are sick more often and women are more prone to "female weaknesses." The second section focuses on the dangers of dance on the mind and concludes that many girls fail in school because they dance too much. In the Third section, the author argues that dance is immoral and "fires the passions of young women." The...
Topics: Authors: D: Dr. R. A. Adams., Titles: T
Although much of the material in this manual is borrowed from the dance writings of Charles Durang, it remains an important source for the study of mid-nineteenth-century ballroom dance. Unlike other contemporary writers, Ferrero devotes more than eighty pages to the origins of dance and a history of European and Native American dance. The remaining part of the manual concerns ballroom etiquette and descriptions of numerous dances including the quadrille, waltz, polka, schottisch, varsovienne,...
Topics: Authors: E: Edward Ferrero., Titles: T
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This manual provides instructions for the figures of five quadrilles including one for three couples (rather than the normal four couples). However, the main focus of the book is on the cotillon (also known as the German), a group dance consisting of a series of party games of figures. The manual provides 182 figures.
Topics: Authors: F: F. Paul ..., Titles: L
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This is a translation by Segadlo of an article, by an unknown author, found in the Universal Gazette, published in Vienna, Austria. It is a strong defense of dance and exercise, a subject that was often discussed during the late nineteenth century. The manual concludes with three sets of quadrilles as taught by the author, "Princeton University Lancers," "Saratoga Lancers," and the plain quadrille.
Topics: Authors: L: L. F. Segadlo ..., Titles: C
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This revised constitution lists the objectives of a club organized to hold dances that consisted solely of the German, a popular parlor game wherein the participants performed a series of party games to music. The constitution lists the duties of the officers and standing committees, which included committees for refreshments, invitations, reception, and music. Part of the constitution noted that "no member of the Club shall drink any intoxicating liquor within twenty-four hours...
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This three-volume work on dance history describes dance from its origins through the court fêtes of Louis XIV. Volume one stresses the importance of studying the theories of all the arts and covers the dance history of numerous ancient civilizations including Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Egyptian. Volume two describes the renaissance of the arts and the origins of ballet to 1610. Volume three focuses on dance in the court of Henri IV and the establishment of French opera. Cahusac borrows heavily...
Topics: Authors: M: m. de Cahusac ..., Titles: L
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This is the seventeenth edition of a popular French manual that was revised into a larger edition in the mid-1880s entitled La danse, la tenue, le maintein... The manual gives a short history of dance, appropriate etiquette, and describes many of the popular ballroom dances such as the waltz, quadrille, and polka. However, the Giraudet includes many curious dances, schottisch polkée sautée, ganlovienne, and a tarentelle for twelve performers, as well as several dances from previous centuries...
Topics: Authors: E: Eug. Giraudet ... suivi d'un appendice contenant environ 30 danses diverses pour...
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Created for the Esmeralda Club of Saint Louis, this short pamphlet consists of five figures of a waltz quadrille with a brief explanation of each figure.
Topics: Authors: P: Prof. W. W. Florence., Titles: E
This is an expanded version of a manual published under the same title in 1866. It it not known whether or not famed Paris dancing master Coulon actually participated in the assembly of this manual. Most of the manual is compilation from earlier sources. Demonstrating a growing late nineteenth--century interest in physical education, this new version adds a series of exercises to be performed with poles, dumb-bells, and elastics. Additional exervises emphasize walking, running, and jumping. The...
Topics: Authors: C: Coulon ..., Titles: C
Dance Manuals
by le professeur B.-G. Bottallo ...
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Paris [Imp. Jouve & cie] 1912.
Topics: Authors: L: le professeur B.-G. Bottallo ..., Titles: G
Quoting extensively from L.H. Elmwell's 1892 dance manual, this treatise is aimed at prompters of quadrilles. The Manual includes a brief explanation of quadrille figures and etiquette (with emphasis on etiquette while performing quadrilles). Quadrille figures are included with appropriate calls for the prompter.
Topics: Authors: :, Titles: P
The first section of this manual is devoted to a history of dance with emphasis on Greek and Roman practices. However, much of this section is borrowed liberally from the writings of late eighteenth-century authors, and, while it illuminates the importance of Greek and Roman influence on the arts of the era, modern dance scholars will find many interpretive and factual errors. Book two is a discourse on what Cassidy considers the practical aspects of dance: steps, music, and deportment. There...
Topics: Authors: J: James P. Cassidy ..., Titles: A
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At first glance, Hubbert appears to be presenting both pro and con agruments regarding the suitability of dancing. However, the discussion is weighted toward the common discourse found in this genre of antidance literature. Hubbert argues that although dance was practiced in biblical times, it was performed by and for women. Additionally, he concludes that dance is bad for the health and a waste of time and money.
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Topics: Authors: P: Pastor J. M. Hubbert ..., Titles: D
This manual is an extensive history of dance that incorporates many countries, cultures, and periods including Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, ancient Gaul, European Renaissance, and Baroque. The manual also covers popular culture, peasant dance, and "foreign dance." The perspective of this manual is clearly nineteenth century, with little emphasis on historical fact. The point of view is clearly western, and this is evident in the music examples that accompany almost every country...
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Dance Manuals
by Caroline Walker; complete instructions for the tango, the Castle walk, the walking Boston, the hesitation waltz, the dream waltz.
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In her introduction, Walker strongly defends the new dance trends of the ragtime era and provides instructions for the tango, Castle Walk, Walking Boston, Hesitation Waltz, and Dream Waltz. A series of photographs and diagrams is included.
Topics: Authors: C: Caroline Walker, Titles: T, Instructions
Originally published in 1808 and expanded in 1811 under the title An analysis of country dancing, this edition borrows extensively from earlier editions. As with earlier editions, the figures for English country dances are explained through text, tables, and diagrams. Performed as a series of figures danced by a column of men facing a column of women, the English country dance was one of the most popular early nineteenth-century ballroom dances. This edition contains an extensive discussion on...
Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Wilson ..., Titles: T
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One of the most important manuals devoted to the performance of early nineteenth-century quadrilles, Strathy divides this manual into two parts. Part one is an extensive treatment of exercises for the improvement of one's deportment. Part two provides lucid descriptions for more than twenty steps appropriate for the performance of the quadrille, a popular ballroom dance performed by four couples who face each other in a square. Additionally, Strathy provides combinations of steps for the most...
Topics: Authors: A: Alexander Strathy ..., Titles: E
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by Mrs. John Sherwood ...
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Etiquette manuals are an important sources of information on ballrooms and social dance during the nineteenth-century. Sherwood's book is an exceptional source for etiquette as it was practiced in the late 1880s. Additionally, of the book's fifty-nine chapters, two are devoted to dancing and balls.
Topics: Authors: M: Mrs. John Sherwood ..., Titles: M
This ballroom duet for one couple, preserved in feuillet notations, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c.1640-c 1720) to music composed by James Paisible (died 1721). The eight-couplet dance is in duple meter. The dance notation system, first published by dancing master Raould-Auger Feuillet (1659 or 1660-1710), is based on tract drawings that trace the pattern of the dance. Additionally, bar lines in the dance score correspond to the bar lines in the music score. Signs...
Topics: Authors: M: Mr. Pemberton ..., Titles: T
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by Cellarius.
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A translation of La danse des salons (1847), this manual provides important information on mid-nineteenth-century ballroom dance. Following a format utilized by many manuals, the work begins with introductory comments on dance, followed by a description of the French quadrille. This is followed by discussion of round dances--the polka, numerous waltzes including waltze à trois temps, and waltze à deux temps--as well as steps and figures for another type of quadrille known as the mazurka...
Topics: Authors: C: Cellarius., Titles: T
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by M. B. Gilbert ...
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Gilbert, a well-known dancing master, notes that his book will deal only with round dnaces and for other dances or rules of etiquette, the reader should turn elsewhere. After a brief discusion of the positions of the feet, the author discusses, in some length, the waltz position. The manual gives the directions for a large number of waltz, polka, galop, redowa, and mazurka variations--many of which are not described in other contemporary dance literature.
Topics: Authors: M: M. B. Gilbert ..., Titles: R
This is a typical example of a manual compiled from previously published materials and assembled by a publisher. The manual contains hints for balls and information on the performance of quadrilles and round dances. The popular parlor game known as the German or cotillon is given 55 figures.
Topics: Authors: J: J. H. Harvey., Titles: W
Dance Manuals
by Giambatista Dufort, indirizzato all' eccellenza delle signore dame, e de' signori cavalieri napoletani.
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Part one of this text consists of thirty-four chapters devoted to instructions for steps required in Italian Baroque dance including pirola (pirouette), sfuggito (echappé), passo unite (assemblé), and cadente (tombé). Each step is fully described and notated in Feuillet notation, the dance notation system first published by French choreographer Raoul-Auger Feuillet in 1700. The second part of the manual contains six chapters devoted to performance of the minuetto (minuet) and concludes with...
Topics: Authors: G: Giambatista Dufort, indirizzato all' eccellenza delle signore dame, e de' signori...
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This unique document contains the prompter's calls for twenty-eight dances. The calls themselves are printed in large type, making them easier to read. No dance instructions are provided.
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Like other nineteenth-century dance manuals, this is a compilation of earlier writings. The book provides a short history of dance, positions of the feet, glossary of French terms, and suggestions for giving balls including an admonishment to have enough waiters at the supper table. Indicating the decade's growing interest in elaborate balls, Radestock suggests one waiter for each two persons. The section on etiquette has been reduced to thirty-three short rules and the manual describes most of...
Topics: Authors: R: Rudolph Radestock ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Albert W. Newman ... an expert's full directions, with illustrations and diagrams, for learning or teaching the tango, hesitation, one-step, Boston, maxixe and all other modern dances.
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Declaring his book to be the "absolute authorith on modern dancing," Newman describes a large selection of the most popular ragtime dances including the Castle Walk, Castle Glide, one step, horse trot, tango, maxixe, and lame duck. The manual is enhanced with line drawings and photographs and contains music for the "Newman Tango.
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by Moreau de Saint-Méry ...
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This manual describes a colonial view of the history of dance in the West Indies, focusing on the dance of Creoles. Moreau de Saint-Méry (1750-1819), discusses the effects of slavery and the African roots for such dances as the chica and notes that contredanses and minuets were also performed.
Topics: Authors: M: Moreau de Saint-Méry ..., Titles: D
Essentially a history of Greek, Roman, and early religious dance, and French court dance, the text is drawn from numerous writers, including Mme. Elise Voiart, Joseph Juste Scaliger, Claude François Ménestrier, Louis de Cahusac, Diderot, and Jean-Georges Noverre. The first part of this book comprises seven letters written by Baron during 1821 and 1822. The second part takes the form of conversations with Sophie and, occasionally, two more participants named Heraclite and Démocrite.
Topics: Authors: A: A. Baron., Titles: L
This is the second published edition of a sermon Ham delivered as part of an evangelistic campaign in Palestine, Texas in 1914 and his arguments are typical of this genre of antidance literature. Although Ham and other writers recognize dance in the Bible, it was interpreted as only danced by women, never in closed rooms, and never at night. Also typical of this type of manual, the author includes a list of other denunciations from Catholic, Jewish, Episcopal church leaders. And, in an unusual...
Topics: Authors: W: Will N. Noonan., Titles: T
This manual is considered one of the most important discussions regarding the style and steps of early Romantic ballet. A dancer and dancing master, Théleur (née Taylor; fl. c. 1817-c.1844), wrote his manual in the form of a series of thirteen letters that includes a brief history of dance as well as a section devoted to social dance. The book is enhanced by full-page prints, including illustrations of dancers on full pointe. Théleur's dance notation system, the first in the nineteenth...
Topics: Authors: S: Stewart, Halpin, Hicks and Read ..., Titles: L
This is the first of several books published by Wilson on the subject of English country dancing. Performed as a series of figures by a column of men facing a column of women, the English country dance was one of the most popular early nineteenth-century ballroom dances. Although the manual has a section on ballroom etiquette, it is most useful for its text, tables, and color-coded diagrams, which explain the figures. This edition is dedicated to Madame Desayes, principal dancer at the King's...
Topics: Authors: J: J. Berryman., Titles: A
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Although Charles Durang was a well-known Philadelphia dancing teacher and the son of famed American dancer John Durang, very little of this manual originates from the pen of the author. He acknowledges that the dances contained in the book are by the "celebrated teachers of Paris and London." Additionally, the sections on etiquette, deportment, and dress stem from "Mrs. Henderson's treatise." The manual includes descriptions of the popular ballroom dances of the...
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This manual represents one of the most important sources on dance technique for the second half of the eighteenth century and is a critical link between Baroque dance and early romantic ballet. Part one is divided into sixty sections describing various aspects of dance beginning with a statement on the utility of dance, and feet positions. The manual continus with descriptions of many steps, for example, four of battemens, nine types of pas de bourrée; balloté; and twenty-three types of...
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Although the manual begins with a description of the "five ballet positions," the book is intended for amateurs. Nott presents directions for thirty steps such as leap, boure [sic]-quick, hop, dash, slide, and paddle step. Included also are choreographies for over twenty dances such a "Skip Rope Dance," "Skirt Dance,""Cloak Dance," "Witches Dance," and "Cachucha.
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Saint Johnston claims to be filling a gap in the tracing of dance history and confesses he knows of only three books on the subject, those by Gaston Vuillier, Edward Scott, and John Weaver. The work contains much of the sme information found in numerous other historiographies of the era. The author considers the birth of stage dancing to be the Kate Vaughan's "Skirt Dance" and other opinions expressed by Saint Johnston include the erroneous notion that the quadrille was one of the...
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This is one of several manuals credited to the well-known American inventor, Elias Howe. Like many nineteenth-century dance manuals, it is a compilation of other sources and assembled by a publisher. The book begins with a brief etiqutte of the ballroom and continues with information on th supper room and how to arrange balls. The work also discusses many popular group dances including the quadrille, country dance, and German or parlor cotillon as well as round dances--polka, schottisch,...
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This is a fourth edition of a book that acknowledges other antidance tracts including Boullay's Réforme de las danse des salons; Gustave Louis's Physiologie de l'opinion, and La Chrétienne de nos jours by l'Abbé Bautain. The author notes, with some disdain, that the waltz was introduced into France "par les impures du Directoire" (p. 8). The polka also receives criticism.
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This short pamphlet is devoted to the Highland Fling, described as a popular fancy dance, especially appropriate for children. The author gives four exercises and descriptions for eleven steps, many with multiple parts.
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Originally published in 1895, Mrs Grove's account of dance history was considered one of the most important books on dance during the late nineteenth century. Although based on previously published materials, the book maintained popularity for several decades. Using a formula employed by many writers, Mrs. Grove writes about the dances of antiquity, ritual dances, and the dances of "savages." The remainder of the book is devoted to the dance of many lands and cultures indcluding...
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The etiquette section of this manual anticipates many nineteenth-century concerns regarding decorum and bodily control and some of the ill manners described include "swinging the arms, and all other awkward gestures" and "leaning on the shoulder, or chair of another person." The manual provides nine figures for the cotillon, a precursor to the quadrille consisting of a series of figures known as changes that were performed alternately with the cotillon figure. The manual...
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An important early nineteenth-century physiology of dance, the author provides extensive discussion on the importance of dance. Numerous extractions from Alerme's text can be found throughout later nineteenth-century dance literature.
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Compiled by a publisher and small enough to fit into a pocket, this manual gives directions for polka quadrilles, mazurka quadrilles, and "The New Redowa," all "as taught by Mr. Durang and daughter." Other dances include a waltz cotillion, gallopade quadrille, and Spanish Dance.
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This manual is a compilation of previously published materials. The guide begins with a brief description of the necessary arrangements for a ball, appropriate dress for men and women, and ballroom etiquette. The work continues with dances such as the quadrille, waltz, varsoviana, polka, schottisch, "Cellarius Waltz," and dances for larger groups of dancers--"Spanish Dance," "La Tempete," and "Sir Roger de Coverley.
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